- This pioneer family is arranged to remind the viewer of a nativity scene, complete with Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus, and a manger.
- The wild landscape of tangled trees and jutting rocks suggests the untamed quality and natural beauty of the American wilderness at that time. In Glessing's composition, the figures coexist peacefully with the natural environment that dwarfs them.
- Glessing, and immigrant from England, was living in Indianapolis when he painted this scene.
Purchased from the parents of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Wilbur circa 1961 in the Midwest; sold to the museum by Mrs. Stuart Wilbur in 1991